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Social Prescriptions: Nature and Mental Health

The Link Between Nature and Mental Health

The Covid–19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of being outdoors to people’s mental health and physical health. Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or being around animals can have many positive effects.

how can it help?

Being outdoors and interacting with nature can help in many ways. It can:

  • improve your mood
  • reduce feelings of stress or anger
  • help you take time out and feel more relaxed
  • improve your physical health
  • improve your confidence and self-esteem
  • help you be more active
  • help you make new connections
  • provide peer support

The government is interested in encouraging green social prescribing, which links people with nature-based interventions and activities, including local walking, community garden and food growing projects.

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An escape from the stresses of normal life

For many, time in the great outdoors is an escape from the pace and stress of normal life. It has a calming, therapeutic effect on the mind. Studies show that the level of the stress hormone cortisol is lower when walking in nature. Regular exercise in woods or parks has been found to reduce the risk of poor mental health too. The same couldn’t be proved for non-natural settings like gyms.

Goodnestone Park is the ideal place for a walk in nature with its diverse range of plants, shrubs, trees, and wildlife. We keep everything as natural as possible and don’t use pesticides. There is plenty to see in our different gardens which cover roughly fifteen acres of the estate so allow yourself plenty of time to wander!


Woodland Trust. “The Woodland Trust.”, 2019,
Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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